Fact Monster a Kid-friendly/Kid-safe Homework Website: Overview

This is not an internet-wide search engine but more of a helper for homework. But it does have a search bar, although only for their own content.

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Website link: https://www.factmonster.com/

About Page: https://www.factmonster.com/about-us

Here is our full review of all of the kid-friendly and kid-safe websites.

Overview:

This is not an internet-wide search engine but more of a helper for homework. But it does have a search bar, although only for their own content. For example, when I enter “dinosaurs” as a search term into Google I get 469,000,000 results. When I enter the same search into Fact Monster, I get 241 results. On the other hand, I found an entry under dinosaurs about how they are named. When I entered the search term “dinosaurs named” I received 23,866 results. Typically when searching you would expect a more detailed search term to produce fewer results. I would expect all of the results from “dinosaurs named” to also be part of the results from “dinosaurs”, but that was not the case.

Clearly these are hand-curated results selected specifically for kids. As you click through the results, it appears you never leave the Fact Monster website.

This makes Fact Monster extremely safe in terms of content as long as you stay within the site. It also is very limiting in comparison to the internet in general. I tend to think of this site as it’s own encyclopedia or wiki versus an internet search site.

Is has predefined searches that lead to information common to homework topics.

Stated Objective:

“At Fact Monster, we know the importance of childhood learning. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide kids a safe and reliable source of information, and to encourage the growth of curious minds.”

“Educate, entertain, and engage. That’s what Fact Monster does—and we’ve been doing it well since 1998.”

About Fact Monster:

Fact Monster does present advertisements as part of the user interface.

Fact Monster identifies itself as being COPPA and KidSAFE certified. COPPA is the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act you can read much more detail in the link or here. KidSAFE is an organization whose focus is to “list, review and/or certify… products for “interactive” and “online” safety.

According to the website:

“The Fact Monster editorial team always strives to make content that’s reliable and accessible to our young readers.”

“Fact Monster covers a wide range of topics and gets into some very specific details. To make sure we get it right, the editors at Fact Monster do a lot of research. That means finding recent sources, doing research on the sources to make sure they have a good reputation, then getting into the weeds to suss out the data.”

Regarding the sources they use for their information, the website states the following:

“With all of the information on the internet, it can be hard to separate the truth from the fiction. Fact Monster knows the value of trustworthy sources. Whenever possible use public data from official organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, the Library of Congress, UN agencies like UNESCO or the World Health Organization, or from historic organizations like our own local Historic New England. Some of our other major sources include the CIA World Factbook and the Columbia Encyclopedia. In cases that require more intense research, we will occasionally lean on scholarly work on JSTOR or in print.”

Usability:

Fact Monster has the typical search bar at the top of the page. As stated earlier this bar searches only the material contained within the Fac Monster website and not the internet in general as most of the other kid-friendly search websites do.

Fact Monster has two quick link bars that contain links to a common topic area. One is located at the top of the screen just below the general search bar:

Each of these is a drop-down that has subtopics under them that you can select which provides a list of links to information for that subtopic.

At the bottom of the home search page is another set of links for basic topics.

A screenshot of a social media post

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This bar is only visible on the home page. Once a query is performed or a link selected this bar disappears.

Technology:

Since this is not a true search engine the technology is that of a simple web page. It is a series of short cuts and links with a search capability. But that search capability covers only their own curated material and not the internet generally.

Traffic most recent 12 months according to SEMrush:

Fact Monster has average visitors per month of over a million users. That is a significant number of visitors compared to many of the other sites.

Other Reviews of Fact Monster:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/factmonster

https://www.g2.com/products/fact-monster/reviews

https://www.educationworld.com/awards/past/2000/r0900-18.shtml

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/childrens-products/tutoring-website-reviews/a28563/factmonster-tutoring-website-43/

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